Why I Offer Ayurveda

Why I Offer Ayurveda

When I first heard about Ayurveda, I wasn't really sure what to think. I had never heard of it. It sounded like any herbal medicine to me. I was somewhat familiar with Western herbalism, but I didn't really know much about that either. There were a couple of herbs I could name and knew the uses for. But that was about it. 

When I realized that I was dealing with a few little symptoms that doctors couldn't give me information on, I looked into Ayurveda further. My joints cracked, all the time, since I was little. Doctors weren't offering much besides medications for arthritis, but I wanted to prevent pain that was probably coming. 

Ayurveda says that cracking joints is a symptom of vata in the joints. The full description of what this was for me could be different than it is for another person. But for me, I was so pleased to find that there was a way to address this, before it became a problem. Following that process has changed areas of pain in other joints for me. 

I kept looking. 

I found I had skin problems that were difficult to address using over-the-counter medicines. I tried so many options, but I had skin that got cut easily, and I experienced a lot of pain. As I continued to look into ayurvedic practices, I found simple changes in my daily routine that could support my skin and prevent pain and cuts. I also, eventually discovered an herbal blend, which is ancient, which has completely changed my relationship to my skin. It is now not getting cut so easily. I also started building stronger nails, as a bonus gift of the process. Who knew? 

I offer Ayurveda because it has been so helpful to me. I cannot imagine how it would be to age with all of the problems I used to experience. I studied ayurveda so I could support people with a wide variety of ailments. I wanted others to be able to experience that we can soothe and heal without harshness toward the body. This health support is sometimes subtle, and very deep. Often, as we support one aspect of the body, multiple issues resolve.

I practice Ayurveda because it is so beautiful to see the results. 

 

 

It is Hard to Start Yoga Therapy, but...

It is Hard to Start Yoga Therapy, but...

Sometimes it takes a lot to start a new practice. For people who aren't experiencing pain, just making the choice to start yoga can cause nervousness, and people often want to gather support from friends who are coming along.

For those of us with pain, getting a friend who has a similar issue to join us can be hard to find. In fact, it may make us even more nervous to ask someone who knows us to come along than it would to just go alone. Getting the courage to start to do yoga, especially when we know it is going to hurt, is truly a big challenge.

Here's the thing... the biggest, hardest part is starting. After that, you will know what is going to happen.

Yes, sometimes we have to endure some pain, while the body adjusts, to begin to practice. Even so, it gets better. The way we practice is not meant to hurt but to heal. The way we practice, we learn to discern the difference between the pain that means growth and the pain that we want to steer clear of. We do not go into the pain when we feel it, but back off, and allow the body to lead the way.

Know that we are all in it. I have been there, and I continue to listen closely to my body to know what is going to work, and what will not. I would love to share that with you. 

Let's do this together.

Ways of Dealing: When Things Don't Do What We Expect

Hello!

The people here in Marquette, Michigan know I have been away for the last week. I went on a lovely vacation to beautiful Hawaii! The weather was perfect, and I found out I really had no idea what the climate would be like. We stayed in an amazing resort nestled inside a lava desert between 3 volcanoes! Seriously!

What didn't I expect? Well, I didn't expect the sun to be so intense (ahh - so welcome!!!) or for there to be so little internet access. - So if you were wondering where the blog was, I suppose I could say Pele, the volcano, ate my blog post. :)

So here we are, a little late with the post that would normally come to you on Thursday.

What was once a momentary running around the resort trying to figure out why the internet wouldn't work, has now become some ways to deal with the haywire that sometimes happens in life? Yoga is so great!

I thought about this problem and how the feeling of it, initially reminded me of the days when I was working in the schools. I had a few times the technology I needed so much for class would eat it for a day - I used to really get upset, frustrated, stressed about the whole thing. Hours would be taken from me, and probably my attention for my students, by my intense worry over everything.

But then yoga comes along and says - "yep we need to practice what is called asteya (non-stealing)." I could have let my vacation be stolen by worry and fear over what would happen as my blog sat unchanged for a week.

Rainbow Falls, in Hilo, Hawaii

Rainbow Falls, in Hilo, Hawaii

While it really did upset me, (and oh, how I thought of all the wonderful things I could be writing!) I spent a little time thinking - what is the best yoga has to tell me about this? Eventually, I decided that I needed to refrain from stealing my vacation from myself, and to refrain from stealing the rested yoga teacher from my students the week after vacation!

I mediated a lot during my vacation, multiple times a day. I sometimes added extra sessions of meditation just to really sit with the idea of non-stealing in this context. I also did my standard meditation. I worked with all that time to remain steady in my mind. The yoga sutras say that "effort toward steadiness of mind is yoga." I began trust that I could return and write to you from a much better, and well-rested state if I was not practicing the habit of stress during my vacation!

Can you relate? Can you think of times when the circumstances just wouldn't let you care for something important?

All of us have times like this. I like to think of it as training in my practiceWhat good is practicing yoga if it doesn't really do anything for us at moments when it counts? 

When you are frustrated, upset, even worried - spending hours in the worry or stress of it:

1. doesn't make anything change, and

2. doesn't make it any more pleasant for people do work with you to improve or fix whatever it is.

We are better prepared and can take more effective action from a calm, and steady state of mind.

I feel this is true in my own experience. And I wonder if you can think of instances when this was true for you, too.

 

Yoga Thoughts of the Day:

What might I be stealing from myself through my worries, stress or other negative emotions?

How can I be kind to myself and others?

What yoga practice might help me do this?

Yoga Practice of the Day: Meditation (start where you are, or at 2 minutes if you are totally new).

 

Classes start tomorrow. I will write again on Thursday. <3